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woman gazing over Norway’s wild fjords and lush valleys from a Livit birdbox

Norwegian Design Agency Creates Amazing ‘Birdboxes for Humans’

Not many people have thought about spending the night in a cozy human-sized birdbox and waking up to picturesque views of Norway’s epic landscape without leaving their bed. “Sensation-Seekers Assemble!” Anyone looking for the ultimate travel experience should include an overnight stay at one of Norway’s “birdboxes for humans” on their bucket list. Designed by the Norwegian design agency Livit, these nature holiday cabins provide breathtaking views of the Scandinavian country’s scenic landscape.

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life-sized scarecrows in Nagoro, Japan

Nagoro: Inside Japan’s Creepy Doll Village

What began as a practical scarecrow creation for the family plot has transformed into a whimsical display of memories in the remote village of Nagoro, Japan. When someone passes on or moves away, Ayano Tsukimi, an elderly crafts hobbyist, makes life-sized scarecrows to remember their presence. These ubiquitous cotton-stuffed dolls are ten times more than the human residents in the village and have become a major attraction for visitors from around the globe.

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Prada Marfa art installation in Texas

Prada Marfa: An Art-Filled Oasis in the West Texas Desert

Deep in the heart of the West Texas desert, sitting conspicuously alongside a lonely and infrequently traveled highway is a Prada boutique. That’s right, a hyper-realistic art installation, built to replicate one of the luxury brand’s high concept stores, has stood in place, unstaffed and virtually inaccessible, for fifteen years. And despite the lack of transactional fashion available, the site remains a steady draw. So how exactly did this desert oasis come to be?

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Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy products in their original composition

600-Year Old Pharmacy Sells Catherine de’ Medici’s Perfume

Just a stone’s throw away from Florence’s busy Santa Maria Novella train station stands a 600-year-old pharmacy that started as an infirmary. This establishment is renowned for creating sweet-smelling elixirs and skincare products that draw customers from around the world. Beyond selling modern-day perfumes and cosmetics, Officina Profumo – Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella is a preserve of ancient monastic history and tradition. Read along to find out more about this unique, centuries-old pharmacy that may be the oldest in the world today.

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man playing the guitar at Atlantis Book's main entrance

Greece Is the Word—Discover the Magic of Santorini’s Atlantis Books

Greece has served a pivotal role in the areas of history, philosophy, democracy, and especially language. For a time, it was the center of the world—a cultural mecca with an influence that lives on to this day. In addition to its storied place in time, Greece—particularly the island of Santorini—boasts an aesthetic backdrop unrivaled by any place on Earth. It is remarkably difficult to resist its beguiling beauty. Just ask the owners of Atlantis Books.

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Naked woman submerged in water surrounded by four TV devices

Social Distancing and Isolation Through Anna Radchenko’s Lens

Humans weren’t made to live in isolation. Being social and forming meaningful relationships has a positive effect on mental health. In fact, the impact of being social is so profound that it can help to ward off depression and even lower the risk of dementia. What does that mean in a world where being social can also mean sharing a potentially deadly disease? When trendy catchphrases are “social distancing” and “stay home,” can virtual connections be as meaningful? Photographer and director Anna Radchenko seeks to explore these ideas in her two capsule-photography series, “The Melancholy Rooms” and “Baby Cribs.”

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dog posing for a photo next to the castle Anonymouse MMX built at Bradda Head on the Isle of Man

Swedish-Based Art Collective Creates Magic on the Isle of Man

The Isle of Man, a tiny, self-governing British Crown dependency situated between Ireland, Scotland, England, and Wales in the heart of the Irish Sea, features prominently in Britain’s history of scintillating storytelling. A proud population of around 80,000 Manx occupy this mythical territory, and most are keen to preserve its rich connection to traditional fairy folklore. And they’ve recently gotten some help from an outside source.

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billy barr growing his garden inside his Gothic cabin

billy barr: The Snow Guardian of the Colorado Rocky Mountains

By 1973 billy barr was the only permanent resident of Gothic. A year into his stay in Gothic, barr started to document the weather, mainly as a way to pass the time. For more than 40 winters, he has kept meticulous notes on the behavior of the snow in the area. Twice a day, barr collects information on snowfalls, temperatures, and the animals which come in and out of his area of the Rockies.